I simply cannot be arsed to make individual posts for the books I haven’t written about yet, so here are the summaries of them.
Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French. I love animals and reading about them, so I was really keen on reading this book. I was not disappointed, because it was a good look into the life of the animals as well as the people who work in a zoo. I found myself crying for animals and people I’d never met and furious for the zookeepers who only wanted the best for the animals but got the short end of the stick. The book is based on a series of articles, and I found it quite exciting to see pictures of the animals after reading about them in the book. My rating: 5/5
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I wanted to read this book because I really like magical realism, which you may have already noticed, but I ended up being a bit disappointed. Before reading it I knew it was going to be similar to Garden Spells, but I have to say I much prefer the latter. I just did not like any of the characters in Practical Magic and I was constantly thrown off by Hoffman’s descriptions of sexual encounters and the usage of the word “fucking”. I generally don’t mind either of those things and I have no problem with swearing, but somehow her language in these contexts differed so much from the rest of the book that it just seemed glued-on. Blech. My rating: 2/5
Where We Going, Daddy? Life With Two Sons Unlike Any Other by Jean-Louis Fournier. This was an extremely quick read that I finished between my morning coffee in the living room and finally transporting my butt to the computer room. (Yes, we have a separate computer room, what about it?) It was an interesting peek into a life with disabled children and it was far less heavy than The Boy in the Moon that I read last year. Funny and touching. My rating: 4/5
Secrets of the Cat by Barbara Holland. Cats, I love them. I have three of them. CATS. So obviously I was excited about this book and I did love learning new things about my furry friends and reading fascinating anecdotes. However, some parts were kind of boring and I probably should have skipped all the parts about burning cats alive. My rating: 4/5
Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing by Alan Paul. I’ve been pretty interested in China recently and it was interesting to read about it through a foreigner’s eyes too. I wasn’t quite as much interested in the music stuff but I didn’t find it boring either. I don’t really have a lot to say about this book, it was a nice read but I don’t think I’ll read it again. My rating: 3/5
A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French. I love Dawn French so I was pretty excited about reading this book and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. I would recommend reading this book to anyone who has or is about to have teenaged children. Some commenter on Goodreads complained that the characters were totally stereotypical, but I felt that the story showed the real people behind the stereotypes. I liked the story as well and I’m looking forward to reading Dawn’s newer book too. My rating: 4/5
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. I guess I should have figured it out by the book’s title that this book was mostly going to be about, well, books. It’s not that I have anything against reading about literature but I just wasn’t in the mood for it and I hadn’t read any of the books discussed except Lolita. However, I learned a lot about Iran’s history and what it’s like to live there, which was a valuable lesson. My rating: 3/5